points (also called potent points) are places on the skin that
are especially sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body
and conduct those impulses readily.
Asian cultures conceived of the points as junctures of special
pathways that carried the human energy that the Chinese call chi
and the Japanese call ki. Western scientists have also
mapped out and proven the existence of this system of body points
by using sensitive electrical devices.
points with pressure, needles, or heat triggers the release of
endorphins, which are the neurochemicals that relieve
pain. As a result, pain is blocked and the flow of blood and oxygen
to the affected area is increased. This causes the muscles to
relax and promotes healing.
inhibits the pain signals sent to the brain through a mild, fairly
painless stimulation, it has been described as closing the "gates"
of the pain-signaling system, preventing painful sensations from
passing through the spinal cord to the brain.1
pain, acupressure can help rebalance the body by dissolving tensions
and stresses that keep it from functioning smoothly and that inhibit
the immune system. Acupressure enables the body to adapt to environmental
changes and resist illness.
to concentrate around acupressure points. When a muscle is chronically
tense or in spasm, the muscle fibers contract due to the secretion
of lactic acid caused by fatigue, trauma, stress, chemical imbalances,
or poor circulation. For instance, when you are under a great
deal of stress you may find you have difficulty breathing. Certain
acupressure points relieve chest tension and enable you to breathe
As a point is
pressed, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling
the fibers to elongate and relax, blood to flow freely, and toxins
to be released and eliminated. Increased circulation also brings
more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas. This increases
the body's resistance to illness and promotes a longer, healthier,
more vital life. When the blood and bioelectrical energy circulate
properly, we have a greater sense of harmony. health, and well-being.
T. Tan Leng, Margaret Y. C. Tan, and Ilza Veith, Acupuncture
Therapy - Current Chinese Practice (Philadelphia: Temple University,
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